Veterans Department

Posted March 18th, 2013 by Suzy

In five years, Matthew Sepil soldier became prisoner of cleanup. When the nightmares and memories did not let him sleep a night, he went to the supermarket in your neighborhood to buy alcohol. Two young men from an organized gang crossed on the way. When you thought see the brightness of a gun and hear an explosion, he drew the Kalashnikov who always accompanied him since his return. One fatality and one serious injury. In the United States, one of every four homeless people has been in a war, according to the study from the National Alliance to end with the Sinhogarismo (National Alliance to End Homelessness, NAEH). Almost 200 thousand war veterans slept on the street or in a shelter for at least one night last year.

It is not just older people who saw My Lai massacres in 1969, but increasingly young people who know Fallujah, Tikrit, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib and Kandahar since September 11; the Veterans Department has detected 1,500 homeless people who have participated in the occupation of Afghanistan or the invasion of Iraq. More than 300,000 American troops deployed in both countries suffered from psychological problems as a consequence of war, especially mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder. According to findings of the NAEH, situations of street in war veterans have more to do with poverty, lack of adequate housing and lack of access to networks of support than with the experiences of the war itself. The growing presence of immigrant soldiers in developed countries is documented. They get the nationality, a House and better living conditions for their families for the price of flying to another continent to fight a war. The racism disappears, become perfect targets blacks, Latin Americans and marginal Caucasians who have not access to a college education due to lack of resources or because of family problems. As he has shown the film with Tom Cruise, born July 4, not it takes to discover what living a war.

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